As the people who see the pictures I post on this blog ((yeah, the two of you who actually do read this blog ;-)) have noticed there's been A LOT of black and white photos from me lately, since I've done so much analog stuff in the last year. So except for my monthly wrap-up posts on my 365 project, it has become a rarity for me to post color shots like these.Read More
During the month of December (just like in every other part of the world I am sure) there's a tradition for Christmas markets around these parts of southernmost Sweden. I've been to a number of them through the years, and this year I chose the one at Jakriborg, a faux-medieval housing area a short commuter train ride away from Lund. It has a definite North German feel to it with its narrow buildings with steep roofs, even though it was all built in the 1990s.Read More
In the last few weeks I've done a marginally larger amount of street photography after quite a slump in the first weeks of this year. I guess it has to do with the light returning after the short, dark days of winter. After all us photographers are "chasing the light" most of the time, and I think people out and about at this time of year do the same!Read More
I took a brief walk in Malmö the other day to get my photography back in gear after a bit of a bout with a cold and while I didn't walk for very long I got a few shots that I'm okay with sharing. Fall is definitely upon us, and people have begun to switch out their colorful summer wardrobe for more somber colors. Still a few weeks to go though before we all descend into Ingmar Bergman territory, wardrobe-wise, so best to make the most of it!
It's interesting to see that there are a lot of people out and about walking around with guide books and maps in Malmö, to an extent that I didn't see just a few years ago. Lots of tourists must do wonders for the hotel and restaurant businesses!
Swedes love their phones...some seem unable to leave them be for even the briefest of moments.... (I should know...I'm one of those people, even though I'm working on leaving the thing in my pocket more).
Sometimes though a face to face conversation is just better than using our phones!
For the second time (I think so at least) on May 23rd 2015, there was to be a Pride parade in Lund, Sweden and I figured I could get some good photos out of that, since those events tend to be rather colorful, and everyone there is so happy take part, to make it an event. Like I mentioned in the previous blog entry the amount of photos taken lately has been rather low, so it was also an opportunity to get some new shots.
Once I had taken all the photos of the colorful participants I figured I'd do something new with my photos. So I decided to join the twenty-first century and make a little slideshow video of my shots, which you can watch below. Hope you enjoy!
It is definitely true that when it gets warmer the Swedes move outside! Also they tend to put on more colorful clothes than during the winter months. The city was full of people on a perfectly ordinary Wednesday and there were plenty of opportunities to shoot street photography!
The blog has been silent for a little while (I missed my usual self-imposed Sunday deadline, mostly because I didn't have any new photos I felt like sharing), but hopefully I'll be able to start it up again with this group of photos taken in the city of Lund, Sweden on May 6th.
Sometimes I wonder how many times you have to do something for it to become a tradition. Two? Three? More? Anyway...this weekend marked my fourth time visiting the Sakura festival in Copenhagen, Denmark to photograph the blossoming cherry trees, the performances and mostly the people visiting the festival.Read More
I’ve done a a bit of street photography since my last blog post, and all of that in the city of Malmö, Sweden. It’s one of my usual “hunting grounds”, so the streets are very familiar to me. So for me it is trying to catch people that is the more important thing, and in interesting situations at that. That’s not always possible, due to them being too far away (yes I know I can get closer) or being too quick to end up on the memory card.
Sometimes you can’t get the camera up to your eye fast enough to grab a shot when someone does something interesting...at least I can’t. My reflexes aren’t at ninja levels, so sometimes those picture opportunities slip through my fingers.
That’s perfectly fine though, and I’ve learned to not commiserate over or mope around about the images or people that got away. There’s always other images to take, more people to spot! It is much better to focus on the shots you actually did take! If you focus well enough (no pun intended) on them you’re bound to find at least a few keepers there!
As I write this it is December 13th, a day that in Sweden is Lucia Day where we for some strange reason celebrate an Italian saint from Syracuse, with women wearing candles in their hair, men in pointy, star-strewn hats and other costumes (look it up people, it is quite a sight).
Last night we had a pretty severe storm go past us, so I spent the night editing photos I took a few days ago on a recent, but far too rare nightly photowalk in Malmö. I was in town for a meeting of the board with my photo club, as well as picking up my telephoto lens that had had some refurbishments done at the workshop, so I headed in a bit earlier and did a walk around the city, where most of the stores are now more or less fully decorated for the holiday shopping season. Lots of lights, lots of red and quite a bit of green in other words.
Most of these photos are taken around the Gustav Adolf Square in central Malmö, which has become the epicenter of Christmas decorations in the last few years with lots of torches lit daily, decorated trees, christmas trinkets on sale and a merry-go-round for the kids.
I also tried a few really long exposure shots of the canal, but I am not sure I’m happy with those. It’s an area of photography I need a lot more practice at. Also...clean your lens and filter dude! Those dust specks are large enough to be landmarks on a map!
I took part in a Sunday afternoon photowalk in Malmö, organized through a Facebook group for local photographers. The weather was co-operating with us by not raining cats and dogs like it had been doing for several days, and we had a nice turnout with around 15 photographers taking part. Very soon after we started walking we came across a multitude of dogs and their owners out doing a charity walk against cancer. So there were A LOT of dog pictures taken that day!